International CETA Speaking Tour: Monday 9th November, 7.30pm, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.
Patricia King, General Sectary of the ICTU joins Maude Barlow, National Chair of the Council of Canadians, and other international speakers, to highlight the threat that the EU-Canada ‘free’ trade deal (CETA) poses to our workers’ rights, democracy, health & safety standards, environment and public services.
CETA is the less well-known cousin of TTIP, the EU-US ‘free’ trade deal currently being drafted. However, negotiations on the CETA deal are closed; the text is agreed. If adopted, it would allow companies to sue governments in a private arbitration when laws interfere in their profits. Early next year, it will be MEPs who decide whether to reject CETA or not. An international movement of trade unions and other civil society organisations is calling for a big ‘NO’ to CETA, and for the promotion of a democratic, transparent and worker-friendly European trade agenda instead.
This meeting on November 9th is an opportunity for trade unionists and all those concerned with democracy, to learn exactly how CETA will damage our society and how we can all work together to apply pressure on our democratic representatives in the European Parliament to vote NO to CETA.